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Liverpool And Spurs Plot Stunning Swoop For 10-Goal Ace – reports

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be putting together a shocking move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, according to ESPN.

Vardy has been comfortably the best forward in the Premier League since the start of the season, and already has 10 goals to his name.

Even more impressively, Vardy has scored in seven consecutive Premier League games, which puts him in a category alongside a very select group of players.

Would it work?

At first, it seems ridiculous that either club would come calling for a player who was only playing for Fleetwood Town in 2012.

However, Vardy has been in incredible form since the start of the season.

He also seems to fit into both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred systems.

Klopp would be delighted to have a striker with such incredible pressing and running ability to spearhead his forward line.

Pochettino could use him to alternate with Harry Kane, given the lack of options currently available to him.

However, it remains to be seen if Vardy is the real deal or whether this is just a sudden run of form.

Liverpool have been burned before, signing Rickie Lambert last season before quickly realising he was not good enough for a club the size of the Anfield side.

It’s hard to see Vardy carrying this on much longer, and even if he does, he currently has a perfect foil behind him in Riyad Mahrez.

Both clubs might do better looking at the playmaking midfielder, who was an underrated part of the run that kept Leicester in the Premier League last season.

Furthermore, considering the massive premium they will both pay for Vardy at this point, it might be worth considering finding the next Vardy rather than taking a punt on a 28-year-old.

Klopp said as much when introduced as Liverpool manager – that he prefers to find players like Robert Lewandowski, who he signed for less than £1 million while at Borussia Dortmund, than signing players for big money.

Rumour rater

Vardy is under contract at Leicester for another three years.

However, there is no way he’ll be earning as much at the King Power Stadium as he would at either Anfield or White Hart Lane.

To an extent, this could just be an attempt by Vardy or his representatives to increase his wages ahead of a January window in which the Foxes will be incredibly worried about losing him.

Vardy is in a more powerful position for negotiation than at any other point in his career, and could secure a contract to set him up for the rest of his life.

On the other hand, it is really not surprising to hear that top sides are chasing Vardy, who has been exceptional over the calendar year.

Neither club would be particularly foolish to sign him, so this might be one that brews as we approach January.

Rumour rated: 3/5

Revealed: 3 Most Expensive Arsenal Games to Police In 2013/14 Incl. £985k Bill

The Metropolitan Police (MPS) spent nearly £1m on policing Arsenal’s home football matches last season, new data has revealed.

A Freedom of Information request to the police found that managing games for the 2013-14 season hit the public purse to the tune of £985,660.

Further data has shown that fixtures against local rival Tottenham Hotspur have been the most expensive matches to control for the last two seasons running.

The game between the two sides on 27 September 2014 cost the police an astonishing £77,000. More than 300 police were deployed for the game.

However, the police had managed to make some savings compared to last season’s derby. The data showed that the match between the two clubs on 4 January 2014 was the most expensive game to police over the last two seasons, costing £79,386.

Cost of policing matches against Spurs at the Emirates Stadium

Last season, it was followed in cost by the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund and the Premier League tie against Everton.

Most expensive Arsenal games to police (2013/14)

Surprisingly, Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Turkish club Galatasaray, which was marred by crowd trouble and violence, was cheaper to police, costing only £58,000.

Prior to the match fans set off flares in the Finsbury Park area and close to the Tollington Arms pub.

During the match Galatasaray players Wesley Sneijder and Fernando Muslera were forced to ask their own fans to stop throwing flares onto the pitch as it was disrupting play.

Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor for policing and crime in London said: “We’re seeing this in football matches, and the police are not doing routine stewarding, and nor should they. The clubs are organising the stewarding when you go to the Tube stations.

“The police will maintain public safety, they are not there to steward protests or football matches.

“Police are there to keep the public safe. If you want to make a march or a protest, or you are making a statement, of course the police will do their bit to ensure that people can make their voice heard. What they are not there to do is basic stewarding or traffic management.”

Commander Peter Terry from the specialist crime & operations unit said: “For over a year now the MPS has been trying to get London football clubs to sign the Special Police Services Agreement which was drawn up to ensure football clubs bear the cost and any liability incurred for officers provided to police their football matches.

“This follows a lengthy process of engagement with the clubs to discuss our position and give them ample opportunity to raise any concerns they might have.

“Some clubs have already signed up to the agreement, however a large number have not yet signed and the new football season is fast approaching.

“It is important, particularly in this time of austerity, that we get the best deal for Londoners, and that means looking at costs and where people can be most effective.

“Historically, officers from across London have been taken out of their boroughs to support policing at football matches, often many miles away from their local communities. Those officers would be better placed within their own wards and neighbourhoods to support local policing needs.

“Then of course, there is the cost to the public purse. For years the cost of policing football matches has far outweighed the sum police have been able to recover. In fact over the last three seasons policing for football matches has cost around £17.5 million and the MPS has only been able to recover around £7.5 million from the clubs.”
Arsenal declined to comment on the situation.

Photograph copyright Julian Osley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 

Arsenal And Spurs Set To Battle For £5m Midfielder

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both set to do battle for 20 year old midfielder Ondrej Duda in the summer, according to the London Evening Standard.

His representatives have told the press that a series of giant clubs from across Europe are all chasing his signature at the end of the season.

The midfielder is currently at Legia Warsaw, and does not seem willing to leave the club until the current season has reached its conclusion, according to his agent.

Duda has previously been valued at around £5 million by The Sun, back when Everton, Newcastle and Napoli were thought to be leading the chase for his signature.

Despite the staggering interest in him from across Europe, the player is still not going to move until the end of the season.

Both Arsenal and Spurs are eyeing up midfield recruits in January.

Spurs’ situation is exacerbated by the fact they are attempting to sell Paulinho during the winter window.